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Near Ehrhardt in Bamberg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battle of Rivers’ Bridge

Feb. 2-3, 1865

 
 
Battle of Rivers' Bridge "This Indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie " Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. Battle of Rivers' Bridge "This Indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie " Marker
Inscription. "This Indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie "
At Rivers Bridge the Salkehatchie flowed though a swamp a half mile wide. The only road through it was a narrow earthen causeway with multiple wooden bridges. The Confederates hoped the thick swamp and chest-deep water would hinder the Union advance. "a dog could scarcely make his way through the swamp" recalled a Union soldier. After the battle, Union Gen. Howard called the river " this indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie."

"So immense are the trees, and so thickly set, that the eye cannot reach half pistol range; and they are so abundantly covered with foliage that the light of day is shut out."
-Capt. F.Y. Hedley, 32nd Illinois Infantry
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park System.
 
Location. 33° 3.197′ N, 81° 6.09′ W. Marker is near Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker can be reached from SC-S-5-8, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the Rivers Bridge State Park, a mile south of SC-S-5-31. Marker is in this post office area: Ehrhardt SC 29081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (a few steps from this marker); a different
"This Indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie " on an April Day image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. "This Indescribably Ugly Salkehatchie " on an April Day
marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ehrhardt.
 
More about this marker. Marker Background Pictures is from University of Michigan Digital Library Production Services.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
A Narrow earthern causway leading up from the river image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. A Narrow earthern causway leading up from the river
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,122 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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